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Semen Is Impure; Not Obligatory to Wash Beddings that Have Not Been Stained by It


What is the ruling on things done during sleep as a person is unaware of anything. If someone has a wet dream and they accidentally touched the private parts during sleep, the impurity will be transferred elsewhere, does the person has to wash other things like blankets and pillows that may have been touched even though the person has no recollection of touching impurity?


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If the aforementioned person had a wet dream and ejaculated during sleep, then it is obligatory on him to perform Ghusl (ritual bath), but the semen is pure according to the most preponderant opinion of the scholars, and this is the view that we adopt here in Islamweb. Therefore, neither the hand nor anything else becomes impure by touching semen.

According to the view that the semen is impure, it is only obligatory to wash the hand, or garment, or anything else that you are definitely certain that they have been stained by semen. As for the body or belongings of the person who had a wet dream, that have not been stained by semen, then they remain pure according to the principle, which is the purity of those places and bedding until one is certain that they have become impure.

Ar-Rawdh and its footnote reads:

If one doubts about the impurity of water, or other pure things such as a garment and a vessel, then he acts according to the principle.” [End of quote]

For more benefit that semen is pure, please refer to Fatwa 428017.

Allah knows best.

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